What Are You Weighting For? | Collection Development: Diet Facts & Fads

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Weight loss programs and products are big business. But who has the answers for those unsure of how to eat healthfully? These 35 resources offer up the skinny on staying in good shape while eating well.

And the Audie Goes To… | Collection Development: Award-Winning Narrations

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Established by the Audio Publishers Association in 1996 to highlight the best audio productions of the year, Audie Awards are currently presented in more than 30 categories. These 31 selections of best narrations will find avid listeners among your patrons.

Spanish on our Shelves | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Materials

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With 37 million speakers, Spanish is the top non-English language spoken at home in the United States, with audiences from different countries and different traditions. These 44 titles, plus a list of vendors, will help librarians appeal to every population.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! A Library Journal Day of Dialog Town-Hall Meeting

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Attendees, prompted by questions from a panel of their fellow librarians, discussed several hot-button issues at LJ’s Day of Dialog last week. The Town Hall meeting—planned to encourage the “dialog” promised on the day—was chaired by LJ’s Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert, who introduced Stephanie Anderson, Head of Reader Services at Darien Library, CT; Melissa […]

Heroes for Our Time: 21st-Century Superheroes

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Superheroes come in all shapes and colors and settings, but we perhaps need them more right here and now in our own backyards. These two dozen titles display the best of 21st-century superheroes.

Mecca, Mosques, & Muhammad: Islam & the West | Collection Development

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In many American libraries, a significant portion of the service population may know little about Islam. These 39 resources will help close the gap.

Coming of Age | Collection Development

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Coming of Age. Rites of passage such as quinceañera, bar/bat mitzvah, and prom are honored in cultures worldwide. These 23 resources share advice on how to celebrate; from the April 1 issue.

Developing Definitions | GLBTQ Family Memoirs

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The changing American family is now more diverse than ever. These GLTBQ memoirs will offer many perspectives on what is no longer a one-size-fits-all concept. These 23 titles and online resources and apps will be helpful to a variety of library users.

Count Your Chickens | Urban Farming & Homesteading

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With the spread of farming and homesteading from rural and suburban areas to urban lots and rooftops, these 35 titles will help patrons sow the cream of their own crops.

A Veterans Day Conversation on Hobbies: Modelling

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In connection with Veterans Day and this month’s “Collection Development” piece that Ed Burgess (EB) and I (MH) wrote on World War I, we thought we’d chat about our World War I-related hobbies. EB: I’m a modeler.  I admit it freely, without shame.  I don’t have the collector’s obsessive gene that you have, Margaret. MH: […]

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